Posted 8 days ago.

Dennis O'Neil was the Director of Public Works and Development for the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock for 17 years when he retired in August of 2016.

At the Annual OGRA Conference on Februrary 28th 2017 Dennis was presented with the OGRA 30 Years of Service Award. The Long Service Award allows for Ontario Good Roads Association to recognize employees who have given long years of service in the cause of good roads. To be eligible you must have a minimum of 30 years in the road industry employed in the municipal, provincial and/or private sectors, retired from your employment or have retired within one year of the Annual Conference, and be a member in good standing with OGRA. 

We congratulate Dennis O'Neil on receiving this award and thank him for his years of service and contribution to the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock. 

Posted 9 days ago.

Across from the Township Office we have woodchips available from trees removed throughout the Township.

As spring arrives if you are looking for woodchips for around your home feel free to come and take woodchips from the pile.

Please do NOT remove any gravel from the pile located behind the woodchips.

Posted 9 days ago.

Due to an internal promotion, there is currently an employment opportunity in the Township’s Finance Department for a person with the right mix of knowledge, skills, experience and attitude. Core responsibilities include Property Tax, Revenue, Accounting and Customer Service. The Township is willing to work with the right candidate to develop short, mid and long-term professional development plans and adjust responsibilities accordingly. Salary and *position title will be commensurate with education, qualifications and experience. The position is based on a 35 hour work week plus a comprehensive benefit program and OMERS pension plan.

Detailed information about the position, responsibilities and qualifications required are available from the Township’s website at or by contacting the Township Office.

To apply, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume, as a single PDF file, outlining education, qualifications and experience. Applications will be received until 12:00 noon on Wednesday March 29th, 2017 and must be sent to

Sherry Matheson
Human Resources and Safety Coordinator
Township of East Zorra-Tavistock

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. Personal information collected will be used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of candidate selection.

The Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process, upon request

Posted 15 days ago.


Deputy Mayor Maureen Ralph and Councillor Shirley McCall-Hanlon invite you to join them for coffee and conversations. This is an opportunity for YOU to share your perspectives on how you feel the Township is working for you – what is working, what isn’t, how do you see our community in the future. We’d like to hear your views and ideas. 

Saturday, March 18th 2017 - 9:30 to 11 a.m. – Quehl’s in Tavistock

Saturday, April 1st 2017 – 9:30 to 11 a.m. – Township Office, Hickson

Saturday, April 8th 2017 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Innerkip   Arms, Innerkip


Posted one month ago.

An electronic copy of the plans and contract documents for the Jacob St East Reconstruction 2017-02 can be obtained from the Consulting Engineers by email - (Kevin Death, K. Smart Associates Ltd).  

Sealed tenders clearly marked as to content will be received until 11:00AM on Friday March 3rd 2017 at the following location:

    Township of East Zorra-Tavistock
    PO Box 100
    90 Loveys St. 
    Hickson, ON  N0J 1L0


Amount Including HST

Oxford Civil Group

 $                     654,955.32

Sierra Infrastructure

 $                     727,777.12

Euro-Ex Construction

 $                     763,782.48

Elgin Construction

 $                     834,874.38

Network Sewer

 $                 1,098,911.13


Posted 22 days ago.

Reminder today is the first tax deadline for 2017. 

Interim tax bills were mailed to all property owners on January 27th 2017. If you have not recieved your tax bill in the mail please call the office at 519-462-2697 between 8:30am-Noon, or 1pm-4:30pm or email to obtain your installment amounts. 

The Township Office in Hickson is open until 5pm today. 

Partial payments are applied first towards the outstanding interest, then to the outstanding taxes. Penalty of 1.25% for late payment is added the first day of default, and the first day of each month thereafter. The tax collector has no authority to waive or alter a penalty and/or interest for any reason.

Posted 27 days ago.

Oxford County Library contest celebrates all of the unique ways library branches interact with the community

The Oxford County Library (OCL) is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation by amassing a list of 150 things to do at the library. All year long, patrons will be asked to contribute to the list by sharing personal photos and/or stories detailing their favourite library moments. These moments will be compiled and shared throughout the year to highlight library services and to celebrate all of the unique ways OCL branches interact with the community.

Patron photos and stories can be uploaded at with every submission earning a ballot towards a monthly draw featuring prizes from local businesses, like Gunn’s Hill Cheese, Ottercreek Woodworks, Patina’s, Oxford Honey and Supplies, Wild Comfort and Jakeman’s Maple Store. Participants can also earn additional ballots by sharing their favourite library moments on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CAN150atOCL. More information and complete contest details can be found online at  

In addition to the contest, library staff will also celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial by sharing famous and interesting Canadian quotes on Facebook. Followers can reminisce over Foster Hewitt’s classic line, “He shoots! He scores!” or discover little-known poetry from Leonard Cohen. Every day promises a new and interesting Canadian quote.

For more information plaese visit Oxford County's website

Posted 23 days ago.

Tax deadline for the first installment of the year is tomorrow Februrary 28th 2017. 

The Hickson Township Office will be open over the lunch hour and until 5pm Monday Februrary 27th and Tuesday Februrary 28th. We will be able to process tax payments, recieve criminal record check applications and building permits, and completed criminal record checks can be picked up during our extended hours.  

Posted 27 days ago.

The Hickson Trail Committe now has a Facebook page to promote and track their progress as they work towards their fundraising goal to complete the trail extension. 

This is the north section of the trail that the group is raising money for. The two yellow dots are where bridges are required. 

For more information, or to like their page please visit the following link

Posted 27 days ago.

As new rates take effect April 1, township water system users will move from flat to metered rates

New water and wastewater rates for the next four years (2017-2020) have been approved by Oxford County Council. The new rates, which take effect on April 1, vary depending on where you live and the water or wastewater system needs of your community. Residents can visit the County’s website to learn more about their specific water and wastewater rates.

The biggest change to take effect on April 1 will be for the Township water and wastewater system users, who are moving to a metered system, and away from a flat fee. The new metered system will allow residents and businesses to manage their water use, and see a reduction in their water/wastewater bill for conserving water.

Work on installing new water meters and reading equipment has been ongoing across the County over the past year. Oxford County and installation contractor Corix are finishing the installations this spring. Residents who have been unable to have a meter installed to date should contact Customer Service as soon as possible to avoid increased charges when the metered rates take effect.

Public consultation on the water and wastewater rates took place in the fall of 2016 through public meetings and the Speak Up, Oxford! online portal. Staff also reached out to stakeholder groups including the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors and local Chambers of Commerce.

The water and wastewater rates vary by community. Oxford County provides municipal water services to 21 communities, 11 of those also have municipal wastewater services. All of the wastewater systems and three urban water systems are maintained as independent financial systems, while the township water systems are grouped into one financial system to achieve economy of scale.

For the full breakdown of proposed water and wastewater rates by system, visit the Rates & By-laws page on the County’s website.

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